2020 SHL Week 4 Transactions

  • On Wednesday, the Hershey Bliss‘ CHL affiliate in Milwaukee activated G Hobie Sanford from the injured list.  Sanford suffered a bruised collarbone in the first week of the season, and had been on the IL ever since.  In order to make room for Sanford on the roster, the organization released G Toby Kemper.  Kemper, who had served as Milwaukee’s reserve netminder during Sanford’s injury, went 1-2-0 with a 4.66 GAA and an .869 save percentage during his time with the club.
  • On Friday, the Quebec Tigres activated D Kevin Buchanan from the injured list.  Buchanan went down with an upper-body injury two and a half weeks ago.  In order to allow Buchanan to return, the Tigres demoted D Hampus Olsson to their CHL affiliate in Halifax.  This season, Olsson appeared in 15 games with Quebec, recording 3 assists and a -2 rating.  To make room for Olsson on the Halifax roster, the team did not renew D Gustaf Bergstrom’s 10-game contract.
  • On Saturday, the Tigres placed LW Stellan Fisker on the injured list.  Fisker exited Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Portland after suffering an upper-body injury late in the second period.  The team described him as “week-to-week” with the injury.  To replace Fisker on the roster, the Tigres called up LW Carl Bleyer from their affiliate in Halifax.  This is the 21-year-old Bleyer’s second stint with Quebec; he was called up for 10 games last season.
  • Also on Saturday, the Hamilton Pistols recalled F Michael Jennings from their farm club in Oshawa and reassigned C Hilliard Macy to Oshawa.  The team called Macy up last week when C Calvin Frye went down with an injury and appeared in five game, recording a goal and two assists  Frye returned to the lineup in mid-week, but LW Steven Alexander was injured in Saturday’s 6-4 loss to Kansas City, and is expected to miss up to a week.  With Frye back and Alexander out, the Pistols needed a winger instead of a center, so they brought Jennings back to the SHL.
  • Finally, in another Saturday night move, the Kansas City Smoke demoted F David Facinelli to their affiliate in Omaha and called C Edz Zalmanis.  Like Hamilton’s move, the transaction was driven be an injury.  C Mike Rivera was hurt in Saturday’s tussle with Hamilton, and is expected to miss multiple games.  With an opening at center, the Smoke took the opportunity to give a look to Zalmanis, who has been brilliant with Omaha (17 points and a +5 rating in 16 games).  The 29-year-old Facinelli has appeared in 7 games with KC this second, registering a single point.

2020 SHL Week 4 Team Stats

Team Totals

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Team              GP    SH    G    A  Pts   PP%  +/-
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Hamilton          16   624   71  133  204  26.9   10
New York          16   586   67  123  190  20.4    4
Portland          16   618   59  113  172  19.4    4
Hershey           16   620   59  112  171  20.0    8
Anchorage         16   577   55   99  154  14.5    9
Saskatchewan      16   547   50   97  147  14.5   -3
Michigan          16   486   46   88  134  10.0    4
Kansas City       16   527   45   84  129  12.9   -7
Washington        16   512   44   84  128  15.7  -12
Quebec            16   500   44   80  124  21.4   -4
Boston            16   432   42   78  120  22.0   -3
Dakota            16   453   41   75  116  22.0  -10
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Team              GP   W   L   T   GAA   SH   SV    SV%   PK%  Blk  PIM
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Anchorage         16   9   7   0  2.62  507  465  0.917  90.9  234  159
Michigan          16   6   7   3  2.70  505  461  0.913  87.5  224  136
Quebec            16   7   7   2  2.71  466  422  0.906  84.0  256  119
Dakota            16   4   9   3  2.77  555  510  0.919  87.3  223  144
Hershey           16   8   6   2  2.95  504  456  0.905  80.4  240  121
Saskatchewan      16   8   6   2  3.03  525  476  0.907  87.0  248  103
Boston            16   6   8   2  3.08  474  424  0.895  70.9  236  152
Portland          16  11   4   1  3.36  514  460  0.895  83.8  240  172
Kansas City       16   6   9   1  3.66  595  536  0.901  80.8  228  174
Washington        16   4   8   4  3.67  621  561  0.903  81.2  238  165
Hamilton          16   8   6   2  3.83  560  498  0.889  73.7  224  135
New York          16   7   7   2  4.08  656  590  0.899  74.0  220  140
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2020 SHL Week 4 League Leaders

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         Points          
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Winchester     NY      25
Valentine      HSY     23
Sweet          HSY     23
Gunnarson      HAM     22
Hart           HSY     22
Manning        NY      21
Alexander      HAM     20
Lafayette      HAM     20
Costello       POR     20
Koons          ANC     19
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          Goals          
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Alexander      HAM     11
Valentine      HSY     11
Karlsson       SAS     11
Manning        NY      10
Remington      NY      10
Chamberlain    SAS     10
Hoffman        ANC      9
Frye           HAM      9
Hart           HSY      9
Bellmore       WSH      9
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         Assists         
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Sweet          HSY     20
Winchester     NY      19
Lafayette      HAM     17
Smyth          HAM     16
Gunnarson      HAM     15
Sanchez        NY      14
Oflyng         SAS     14
Koons          ANC     13
Hart           HSY     13
Costello       POR     13
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          Shots          
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Nelson         NY     104
Alexander      HAM     83
Valentine      HSY     81
Frederiksson   KC      79
Mango          POR     70
Karlsson       SAS     67
Collins        ANC     66
Gunnarson      HAM     66
Bellmore       WSH     66
Hart           HSY     65
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       Shooting %        
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Eberlein       QUE  66.7%
Tarisov        HSY  50.0%
Rudyard        BOS  45.5%
Brooks         NY   26.1%
Risch          HAM  25.0%
Chamberlain    SAS  24.4%
Danner         NY   23.1%
Stevens        SAS  23.1%
Swindonburg    HSY  22.2%
Ilyushin       QUE  21.7%
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         Blocks          
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Barnes         SAS     52
O'Neill        KC      45
Milton         HSY     44
Lambert        POR     40
Mulligan       HAM     38
Risch          HAM     36
Frederick      NY      36
Gatecliff      POR     35
Oflyng         SAS     35
Cenovic        WSH     34
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     Penalty Minutes     
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Duckworth      NY      36
Kalashnikov    BOS     35
Zarkovich      QUE     32
Fairwood       POR     28
Phthalo        DAK     27
Gatecliff      POR     27
Haakom         WSH     26
Ruger          KC      25
O'Neill        KC      24
Zhlotkin       ANC     23
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       Plus/Minus        
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Smyth          HAM    +11
Bailes         MIC    +11
Petronov       MIC    +11
Lunsford       MIC    +11
Gatecliff      POR    +10
Hoffman        ANC     +8
Miranda        ANC     +8
Calligan       ANC     +8
Campbell       HAM     +7
Calhoun        NY      +7
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       Goalie Wins       
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Clarkson       POR      9
Koskinen       HAM      8
Worthington    ANC      7
Adamsson       HSY      6
Zagurski       SAS      6
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           GAA           
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Lattimore      QUE   1.97
Worthington    ANC   2.00
Mollenkamp     DAK   2.33
Colt           MIC   2.40
Zagurski       SAS   2.81
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         Save %          
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Mollenkamp     DAK  0.936
Worthington    ANC  0.936
Lattimore      QUE  0.926
Ross           NY   0.923
Zagurski       SAS  0.917
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SHL Player of the Week – Week 4

Tom Hoffman

The SHL selected Anchorage Igloos C Tom Hoffman as its Player on the Week.  The Igloos have been red-hot, going undefeated on the week to run their winning streak to seven games, and Hoffman was a key contributor to Anchorage’s success this week, recording 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists).

On Sunday, Hoffman’s pair of goals gave the Igloos their margin of victory in a 4-2 win over Dakota.  On Tuesday, he had a goal and an assist in am 8-0 whitewashing of Kansas City.  On Saturday, the center scored twice and added an assist to help Anchorage outlast Washington in an 8-7 final.

For the season, Hoffman is second on the Igloos in points with 17, and leads the team in goals with 9.  It’s an impressive turnaround for a player who underwhelmed in his two seasons in New York and arrived in Anchorage as a low-cost reclamation project via trade.

“I think we’re seeing the potential that was there all along in Tommy,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor.  “I think he never really got the opportunity he needed in New York.  I’ve made it clear to him that as long as he performs, he’ll get as much ice time and all the opportunities he could want.  And he’s responded to that, and really run with it.”

2020 SHL Week 4 Standings

East W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Hamilton Pistols 8 6 2 18 71 62 3-4-1 5-2-1
Hershey Bliss 8 6 2 18 59 48 2-3-2 6-3-0
Quebec Tigres 7 7 2 16 44 44 3-4-1 4-3-1
New York Night 7 7 2 16 67 66 3-4-1 4-3-1
Boston Badgers 6 8 2 14 42 50 1-6-0 5-2-2
Washington Galaxy 4 8 4 12 44 60 1-4-2 3-4-2
West W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Portland Bluebacks 11 4 1 23 59 54 7-1-0 4-3-1
Anchorage Igloos 9 7 0 18 55 42 5-3-0 4-4-0
Saskatchewan Shockers 8 6 2 18 50 49 5-3-1 3-3-1
Michigan Gray Wolves 6 7 3 15 46 44 5-2-2 1-5-1
Kansas City Smoke 6 9 1 13 45 59 4-4-1 2-5-0
Dakota Jackalopes 4 9 3 11 41 45 3-4-1 1-5-2

Interview of the Week: Lasse Koskinen

This week’s interview is with Hamilton Pistols G Lasse Koskinen.

SHL Digest: This week, we’re talking to the starting netminder of the defending SHL champs, Lasse Koskinen.  Lasse, thanks for speaking with us.

Lasse Koskinen

Lasse Koskinen: Sure, I am happy to.

SHLD: As we mentioned in the intro, your Hamilton Pistols won the Vandy last year.  This season, you’re in the middle of a tight Eastern race, trying to go back-to-back.  Which do you think is harder: winning a championship, or defending one?

LK: Hard to say.  Both are challenging, but in a different way.  When you are trying to win the first time, you are very driven; you give everything to win.  But maybe you doubt sometimes when you struggle: are you really good enough?

SHLD: Especially if you’re playing a team like Anchorage, which has been to so many Finals.  They’ve done it all before.

LK: Exactly.  Now when you win, you have confidence, because you know you can do it.  But maybe the drive is not there as much.  Also, when you go far in the playoffs, it is very hard, and the offseason is shorter.  So you are a bit exhausted.  I think maybe it is harder to repeat.

SHLD: Yeah, there’s probably a reason why there hasn’t been a back-to-back SHL champion yet.

LK: Yes.  It’s so hard to win it even one time.  Two in a row… it must be very special.

SHLD: You’re struggling a bit to start the season.  Do you think that championship fatigue is the reason?

LK: No.  That is an excuse.  I believe I am not seeing the puck as well as I can be.  I am working with the coaches and in practice to improve this and to improve the mental game.

SHLD: Makes sense.  One opponent has given you particular trouble: the New York Night.

LK: Yes, they have a lot of offense.

SHLD: And they’ve been giving offense to your team and your fans.  You’ve had a couple wild games against them already this season.  Some are calling it the SHL’s greatest rivalry.  Does it feel that way to you?

LK: Oh yes, very much.  We don’t like them at all.

SHLD: That’s certainly how it looks when you play!  There’s definitely a grudge there.

LK: Yes. We are very happy when we win and shut them up.  Although truthfully, they never shut up.

SHLD: Fair point.  Let’s switch gears a bit.  You’re now in your fourth season with the Pistols, and your fourth year in North America.  How are you liking it here?

LK: I like it very much.  I like Hamilton and Toronto very much; it is very beautiful, very clean.  And the fans are wonderful.  The only think I did not like was that when I came, people kept telling me I was a dog.

SHLD: Because of your name?

LK: Yes.  Lasse is a very common name in Finland, which is my country, and all of Scandinavia.  But in America and Canada, apparently the only Lassie is the TV show dog.

SHLD: That must have been annoying.

LK: Oh yes, very much.  On the road, fans would be yelling “Lasse, go home!”  Or they would tell me that Timmy had fallen down the well.  In my head I said, “Who is Timmy?  I don’t even know him.”

SHLD: Have you ever actually seen the “Lassie” TV show?

LK: My teammates found it for me on YouTube, and I watched it.  I thought it was pretty stupid.

SHLD: Now that you’ve been in the league a while, do you still hear those jokes?

LK: Sometimes, if fans of other teams are making fun.  But not very much.  Now that I am in the league for a long time, people know me, and my name is not so weird.

SHLD: That’s good!  That about wraps it up for us. Thanks for a very interesting interview, and good luck the rest of the season!

LK: Thank you. I very much hope to improve.